100 Partially Obscured Views of the El Paso/Juárez Border, is a film entirely comprised of shot transitions, with each shot derived from borderland postcards c. 1900s-1960s. The film presents a textured and complex portrait of two cities, their river, their mountains, their people, their landscape, and their monuments past, present, and future. In progress notes about the project can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/fredsrainbow/
El Paso and Juárez share history, share people, share each other’s gaze, they differ only because of imperialist treaties and policies, and boundary markers insist on their difference. I tried to make a film that was “trans” meaning transnational, transitional, and transient in the spirit of Anzaldua Borderlands.
A version of the film premiered at the 2019 Feminist Border Arts Filmmaker Showcase NMSU’s Feminist Border Arts Film Festival on Friday, March 8.